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[*] posted on 3-25-2017 at 06:23 AM
Looking For Lodging in Gonzaga Bay on May 21th


Six of us in 3 trucks, and three 18' aluminum boats are heading to GB on Sunday May 21th and departing Friday the 26th (wagon master's vacation period). That is if we can find reserved lodging. Either hotel rooms or a house rentals. Launch ramp would be nice but can launch from a hard-packed beach but not preferred. Like me, our average age is over 70 and most have been fishing Baja from the '50's or '60's.

This part of Baja along with BA are the only parts I have not fished at yet, so I'm excited about the trip. I'm a bottom fishing explorer who loves to seek out new places to depths of 300'. Just my boat alone will have 1lb of frozen squid per day of fishing as well as a large ziplock bag of salt cured anchovies and sardines (leftover live bait). Along with a small live bait tank if we catch bait. The others are lure-throwing and trolling guys so we have our battles each trip of where to go so we always keep together. Haven't lost one yet!

Thanks for your advice and tips in advance.

[Edited on 3-25-2017 by Lobsterman]
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[*] posted on 3-25-2017 at 06:47 AM


Email alfonsinas hotel for reservations. Boat ramp a few miles away at papa Fernandez.
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[*] posted on 3-25-2017 at 07:28 AM


Yes alfonsina's I used Papa's boat launch clear back in the early 70s. We didn't have a paved road there !!!!! Like you do now.

We all want a report with pictures when you return.




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[*] posted on 3-25-2017 at 08:44 AM


The hard pack clay at Alfonsina's is used on the highest tides (across the runway from the hotel).

If the hotel there is too fancy of filled, then there are cabins at Beluga and El Sacrificio, to the south. Beach launching at those two.

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[*] posted on 3-25-2017 at 09:28 AM
Thanks for the Lodging Tips


The wagon master ended up reserving 3-rooms for our stay. I do not know which one yet but I'm guessing it is Alphonso's since it's the same price as on its board above. Therefore, I'm in for my 1st GB adventure! With pics and my usual rambling story of the adventure. When you get my age you do kinda wonder how many more there are.

Any tips on fishing from methods, baits and where will be greatly appreciated. Also places to visit in the local area after a morning of fishing, lunch, and a siesta........before beer... wine...dinner...sleep and do it all over again. No women allowed so boys can be boys once again.

[Edited on 3-25-2017 by Lobsterman]
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[*] posted on 3-25-2017 at 10:35 AM


Lots of places to visit but some need a 4x4 vehicle, do you have that?

Onyx shelf west of the store, Lacy grave, Palm trees and well west of hwy 5 just before end of pavement. Takes a little doing to get there and out, think sand. La Turquesa mine. Las Arrastras and Cocos. Mission Calamajue and the abandoned fish camp on the gulf.
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[*] posted on 3-25-2017 at 10:37 AM


There are also some mines in the area south closer to Cocos if you like exploring that kind of stuff.
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[*] posted on 3-25-2017 at 10:44 AM


fish the punta final reef for jumbo bass and be prepared to shake off some totoava;)
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[*] posted on 3-25-2017 at 01:20 PM


Click on the blue text (links) next to the places TW mentions to see some web page photos I have of them. The fish camp Calamajué I went to on New Years, but didn't get a good photo of the beach.

Working on new photos of all these sites for the future Baja Bound Road Guide Book.

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Lots of places to visit but some need a 4x4 vehicle, do you have that?

Onyx shelf west of the store, http://vivabaja.com/1102/page5.html

Lacy grave, http://vivabaja.com/1102/page3.html

Palm trees and well west of hwy 5 just before end of pavement. Takes a little doing to get there and out, think sand. http://vivabaja.com/missionsm/page5.html

La Turquesa mine. http://vivabaja.com/wayno/page2.html

Las Arrastras https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/las_arra...

and Cocos. http://vivabaja.com/1106/page9.html

Mission Calamajue http://vivabaja.com/missions1/page8.html


and the abandoned fish camp on the gulf.




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[*] posted on 3-31-2017 at 02:06 PM
Thanks for the replies


We made reservations at Alfonsina's Hotel, 6 people, 3 rooms for May 21-26. Two of us may stay longer depending on fishing and/or weather. A couple of other questions:

1. The hotel does not allow cooking in the rooms. What about outside? I plan on bringing a charcoal 14" Weber Smokey Mountain to be used as a smoker or as a grill. Is this allowed?

2. There is a restaurant in the hotel. Are their other restaurants in the area?

3. Are there stores in the area to get supplies of rum, coke, ice and beer?

4. Any local fishing guides to guide one of our boats?
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[*] posted on 3-31-2017 at 02:21 PM


1) You are on the beach... Just don't burn the hotel down by cooking on the deck!

2) YES! I have posted photos many of the times... Garlic shrimp the #1 meal for me. There is a sometimes open restaurant at Rancho Grande store and there is a good little restaurant at Papa Fernandez' on the north side of the bay. See the photo of Papa with John Wayne there. Photos of this restaurant in my New Years 2016 trip report. A great place is about 6 miles north, called La Poma.

3) Yes, 1: Rancho Grande, on the highway 1.8 miles from the motel. They have groceries and liquor, but this isn't a big market... just amazing for where you are. San Felipe is the last supermarket southbound.

4) That should be easy to arrange... no personal experience on this, sorry!

Alfonsina's 2015:





Here's Roy 'The squarecircle' in 2006, at Alfonsina's:



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[*] posted on 3-31-2017 at 11:34 PM


As to locals, try Captain Jesus out of Rancho Grande...really nice guy who can take you south to some great grouper grounds. Also "friend" Captain Juan Cook out of San Quintin as he has some Bahia Gonzaga posts and knows some fishermen there I think at Papa Fernandez. As you probably know, keep an eye out for the winds...the onshore can be bad but the offshore can be downright nuts!
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Quote: Originally posted by Lobsterman  
Six of us in 3 trucks, and three 18' aluminum boats are heading to GB on Sunday May 21th and departing Friday the 26th (wagon master's vacation period). That is if we can find reserved lodging. Either hotel rooms or a house rentals. Launch ramp would be nice but can launch from a hard-packed beach but not preferred. Like me, our average age is over 70 and most have been fishing Baja from the '50's or '60's.

This part of Baja along with BA are the only parts I have not fished at yet, so I'm excited about the trip. I'm a bottom fishing explorer who loves to seek out new places to depths of 300'. Just my boat alone will have 1lb of frozen squid per day of fishing as well as a large ziplock bag of salt cured anchovies and sardines (leftover live bait). Along with a small live bait tank if we catch bait. The others are lure-throwing and trolling guys so we have our battles each trip of where to go so we always keep together. Haven't lost one yet!

Thanks for your advice and tips in advance.

[Edited on 3-25-2017 by Lobsterman]


six of you.....$5K apiece and $170 a year each you can own your own home, leave your boats, motors, tackle, all your crap right there....in one of friendliest safest camps in baja, papa fernandez!;)
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[*] posted on 4-1-2017 at 12:00 PM


They were doing some work at the hotel about a month ago when I stopped by for breakfast. A bit noisy.

The restaurant has been recently renovated and is a lot "nicer" but lost some of it's old charm, IMHO.
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[*] posted on 4-2-2017 at 06:36 AM
Where to Fish?


Thanks for the replies which I greatly appreciate. Now the next phase is "where are the fish"?

The 6 of us in three 18' aluminum boats (all old farts) plan on fishing together on the 4-days we have for fishing (m-th). We have a dilemma cuz 4-5 of us like to throw irons and troll where I'm strictly a researcher on what the depths of the ocean hold. But we somehow will come to a consensus.

On the map below which areas should we target to catch dinner for the night both shallow and deep-water for me (100-350')? From other BN reports the Golden Reef is too far with too many weather dangers for us to try. The mileages are just estimates.

If we are fortunate to catch more than we can eat on this trip, is there someone or place in the area we can donate the extra fish to?

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[*] posted on 4-2-2017 at 10:56 AM


ask anyone how to set up on cactus point, just off the now gone shipwreck. if there's a certain unmentionable species biting, it'll be loaded with gringo boats. big cabrilla and gulf grouper! ;)
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[*] posted on 4-3-2017 at 11:21 PM


Well if ya wanna throw irons and troll you better be near shore-ish I would think? That would answer a lot of your questions. You'll never go hungry with some small hooks and squid. Trigger: tastes like chicken...only better. Bring some ceviche fixins
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